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We are thrilled to unveil our latest offering — a cutting-edge tool designed specifically for our partners and the Poly Lens developer community. The new Poly Lens API Credential tool has now been expanded to provide access to multiple Poly Lens Accounts using a single set of API credentials. This is designed to revolutionize the way you access and interact with multiple Poly Tenants through the Poly Lens Management and Insights API.

Key Features

Our newly introduced Poly Lens API Credentials come equipped with a range of powerful features tailored to enhance your experience:

  • Muti-tenant API Credentials: Efficiently oversee access multiple Poly Lens Accounts seamlessly via the Poly Lens Management and Insights API using a single unified set of API credentials.
  • Data Extraction and Custom Applications: Extract data from Poly Lens Accounts or craft custom applications to engage with, modify, or generate comprehensive reports using information across multiple Poly Lens Accounts.
  • User-Friendly Creation: Easy creation of API Credentials for your individual Account or for multiple Accounts.
  • Access Requests Management: Grant or deny incoming access requests, ensuring heightened control over data accessibility.

Why It Matters

Our Poly Lens API Credentials are designed to enhance versatility and efficiency, empowering you to streamline operations, leverage data more effectively, and foster innovation. This tool enables seamless data extraction from multiple Lens Accounts and facilitates the creation of custom applications for interaction, modification, or report generation across various Poly Lens Accounts, all accomplished using a single set of API credentials.

Whether you're focused on improving access management or exploring the possibilities of data-driven applications, this tool serves as your gateway to simplifying device management and enabling managed service offerings that harness the power of the Poly Lens platform.

Poly Lens API Credentials example

Get Started Today

The Poly Lens API Credentials are now available, poised to transform the way you navigate and utilize Poly Lens. Get started by going to Go to ACCOUNT menu > Manage Accounts, select and Account from the list and select API Credentials. For more information, visit the Poly Lens Help.

On November 10, Poly released our new Poly VideoOS software version 4.1.1. This release includes new capabilities and improvements, all designed to optimize your hybrid meeting experiences while continuing to drive high-quality standards.

Poly DirectorAI People Framing

This release expanded Poly DirectorAI people framing to Studio X30 and X50 video bars*. Now users can experience the same Poly DirectorAI smart camera technology across the entire Poly Studio X family of video bars. Since Poly DirectorAI launched in 2019, we have continued to fine tune, enhance, and expand our AI-driven camera capabilities.

To level the playing field between remote and onsite meeting participants, it is crucial that everyone within the video meeting is seen and heard equally. People framing is a smart camera mode that identifies participants in the meeting space and uses zoomed-in shots to create a unique layout of frames, showing all in-person participants with an up-close view. This layout of frames is then sent to the video app of your choice as a single video stream so that far-end viewers can easily connect with in-person participants. People in the room feel seen and able to speak up, while remote participants no longer feel they are missing out on the in-room dynamic as they’re able to catch the details previously lost with one single zoomed-out view. This experience helps bring teams closer together and encourages more effective collaboration.

Poly DirectorAI People Framing

Of course, people framing might not be the answer for every meeting, so camera mode selection is easy and can be adjusted for each meeting via an in-room touch interface. Poly Studio X family video bars also include Poly DirectorAI group framing and speaker framing modes.

Quality Improvements

We continue to focus on driving high-quality standards and have dedicated much of this release to quality improvements, including enhancements for our recently released Poly DirectorAI Perimeter feature.

Learn More

For a full list of updates and technical details regarding the Poly VideoOS 4.1.1 release, check out the release notes.

Ensure you have the best video experience from Poly. Check out our demo videos of other features released in recent software updates.

*People framing is not available on Poly Studio X30 and X50 while in Poly Video mode.

Since launch, Lens Policy has provided you the ability to easily deploy and manage devices at scale with the flexibility to match their unique business needs. Today, we are happy to share with you that we are simplifying that customization even further through a new experience we are calling Device Families.

Device Families will enable you to group products from HP Poly that share similar settings together into one single configuration policy. This will reduce the number of touchpoints you will have to make when modifying your devices. With this change we have updated quite a few experiences to Lens Policy which you can see below.

Device Family support will start rolling out to customer accounts this week.

Updated Experiences

  • Introducing the Account Policy Layer: Within Lens Policy you will notice that the Device Model Layer has been replaced with Account. We heard from many of you around the confusion of the Device Model naming, so we simplified the terminology to drive a clearer understanding of the impact.

Poly Lens Policy Inheritance

  • A New Classification Option for Policies: When navigating into Sites, Device Groups or Account, it may at first appear that all your policies are lost. Worry not as this is not the case, instead they can now be found by selecting Device Models under the ‘Device Toggle’ on each of these Lens Policy layers.

Poly Lens Policy Site and Device Family selections

You’ll see that none of your existing Policies have been lost.

We have introduced this new classification to allow you to roll up similar configurations that are shared across like devices, simplifying the work necessary as you deploy multiple models within a family. We feel that this new classification matches how many of our customers are using Lens today, so we defaulted to the Lens Family Policy view going forward.

  • Easy Migration to Family Policy: To help you along this journey, you’ll now find that a new option Convert to Family is available when editing a Device Model policy on any policy level when a Family policy has not already been created.

Poly Lens Model Policy System Settings

This will migrate all the settings from the current Device Model and create a new Family Policy, applying to all models within a family.

  • Keeping Things Tidy: Not only have we simplified the process of moving to Family Policies, but we have also added in intelligence that will automatically reduce redundancy in your Model Policies whenever you save or update your Family Policies. Any duplicative Setting Policy that also exists for a Device Model within the Family that is also within the same layer of inheritance will automatically be removed. This action only happens when an admin saves or updates the Family Policy, allowing you flexibility in settings deployment without worrying about fragmentation over time.

  • Extending Existing Behaviors: Just like every other layer of Lens Policy, Family Policies will be reflected in My Settings for a device and can then be navigated to for any necessary adjustments.

Poly Lens Policy My Settings

  • Understanding Inheritance: This new level of classification does not change existing Policy Inheritance, instead, it enhances it by creating an additional layer within each Policy Layer. While Family Policies apply to all Models within a Family, if you define a Model Policy that will take priority over any Family Policy within a particular layer of Lens Policy (Group, Site, Account).

  • Limitations of Family Policy: While Family Policy represents a superset of settings across all models, support of the settings will still be limited based on the device capabilities. Furthermore, while you can set software update policy, specific version selection is still limited to a per model view.
    Note: Family Policy is currently only available for network attached devices. Devices connecting through Lens Desktop and Lens Mobile do not support Family Policy at this time.

We're excited to announce the General Availability of Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway Bulk Sign-In Onboarding, in collaboration with our alliance partner, Microsoft. This enhancement initially launched in preview, is a testament to our commitment to empowering enterprises on their journey to a more efficient and collaborative future. With this advancement, we've helped to facilitate the migration process from 3PIP platform for over 500 enterprise customers and tens of thousands of SIP Gateway-compatible Poly devices helping them make the most of Microsoft Teams.  

How This Benefits Your Organization

This capability streamlines the onboarding of large number of SIP devices, paving the way for a smoother and more efficient transition to Microsoft Teams for enterprise communication. Organizations can save valuable time and resources while delivering an improved user experience. See Teams SIP Gateway-compatible Poly devices here.  

How to Get Started  

To leverage Bulk Sign-In Onboarding with Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway, consult our documentation in Poly Lens here and Microsoft's updated documentation here. These resources provide step-by-step instructions, best practices, and tips to get your large-scale migration underway effortlessly.

Feedback

For any comments or suggestions on this release you are welcome to provide your Feedback from Poly Lens using the Feedback tool in the bottom right corner of the Poly Lens portal. Your input is highly appreciated.

Last year marked a significant milestone for the Poly Lens platform as we introduced the Poly Lens Developer Portal and made the Poly Lens APIs accessible to all. This move opened up exciting opportunities for our developers, our customers, and our partners to create unique collaboration experiences. Since then, the Poly Lens community has been busy building innovative solutions, and today, we're thrilled to announce a new addition to the Poly Lens ecosystem – the AVI-SPL Symphony platform. AVI-SPL Symphony is an award-winning user experience management platform designed to administer, monitor, control, and analyze multi-vendor AV, UC, and meeting environments. AVI-SPL Symphony and Poly Lens creates a powerful toolset focused on asset management, cloud migration, centralized monitoring, incident management, workplace management, and success metrics.

Asset Capture

In the world of technology, managing assets is the first crucial step in ensuring a seamless experience. AVI-SPL Symphony and Poly Lens have streamlined this process, making it easier than ever. With Poly Lens, you can capture information about your devices and structure them efficiently. This not only provides a clear view of your technology assets from a global perspective but also allows you to delve into specific rooms or spaces. This newfound clarity enables organizations to understand their deployments, track works in progress, and prepare for budgetary planning effectively.

Cloud Migration

In the era of cloud migration, integrating legacy and modern technology can be challenging. AVI-SPL Symphony and Poly Lens simplify this transition. The integration of Poly Lens APIs and Symphony allows you to schedule meetings through Outlook, monitor live meetings in Symphony, and gain a deep understanding of technology utilization. This collaboration ensures a smooth transition, regardless of the mix of legacy and newer devices.

Centralized Monitoring

Monitoring the health of your deployment is paramount for ensuring uninterrupted technology experiences. Symphony, with its 24/7 communication capabilities, monitors your AV, VTC, and UCC systems even when you can't. This proactive approach ensures that issues are identified and addressed before they escalate. Symphony consolidates performance data, room information, and meeting statistics from various devices and aggregators, such as Poly Lens, into a single platform for seamless centralized monitoring.

Incident Management

In the unfortunate event that something does go wrong, Symphony is always ready to step in. Whether it's a loss of communication with a device or a critical temperature alert, Symphony can automatically create a ticket for your technical resources based on predefined values. Furthermore, if you use an ITSM system like ServiceNow, Symphony can create a twin ticket, streamlining the incident resolution process. This approach not only ensures swift issue resolution but also provides valuable insights into trends, aiding in future issue prevention.

Workplace Management

Workplace management takes a strategic view of your space, technology assets, and resource utilization. Bringing this data into a single platform alongside Symphony's other functionalities offers a data-driven understanding of your environment. This holistic perspective empowers organizations to optimize their spaces, troubleshoot issues, and make informed decisions.

Success Metrics

Data is a valuable resource, but its true potential lies in its analysis and visualization. Symphony provides interactive dashboards that transform raw data into digestible success metrics. These visual insights enable organizations to make data-driven decisions and leverage historical data for future planning, ensuring continued improvement and excellence in collaboration experiences.

The partnership between AVI-SPL Symphony and Poly Lens brings a new level of sophistication and ease to the management of AV, VTC, and UCC environments. This collaboration empowers organizations to streamline asset management, monitor their technology health, manage incidents efficiently, gain a strategic understanding of their workplace, and utilize success metrics for informed decision-making. The Poly Lens ecosystem continues to evolve, and with AVI-SPL Symphony onboard, it's safe to say that the future of collaboration is looking brighter than ever. Visit here to learn more about AVI-SPL Symphony.

AVI-SPL Symphony example

At the heart of our mission lies a commitment to providing the tools and flexibility needed to enable the best collaboration experiences. In line with this commitment, Poly Lens Integrations just went through an overhaul to make it easier than ever to explore all the possible ways Poly Lens and our ecosystems of partners are able to provide solutions to some of the most challenging issues in today's hybrid work environment.

What's New

A Fresh Approach to Key Integrations

We understand that collaboration is at its best when it's seamless and efficient. Today, we've introduced a brand-new way to explore key integrations developed by HP | Poly. These integrations are meticulously designed to amplify your Poly Lens experience. Notable applications to this roster include integrations with Microsoft Power BI and Microsoft Entra ID, formerly known as Azure Active Directory. These integrations are geared to supercharge your reports and streamline your onboarding experiences.

Partner-Powered Enhancements

In the spirit of enhancing collaboration on all fronts, we're delighted to introduce experiences brought to life by our esteemed partners. These collaborations harness the power of Poly Lens to its fullest extent. With AVI-SPL Symphony, Neowit, Ubiqisense, and Vyopta, there is likely a solution that caters to your unique needs. Discover a world of possibilities as you explore these cutting-edge integrations.

Important Changes

We've also streamlined the location of some critical features. Power BI and Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory) have found a new home in our Integration section.

Check it Out

Poly Lens Integrations revamp isn't just an update; it's a leap forward. With these integrations, we're making your Poly Lens experience more intuitive, more efficient, and more powerful than ever. Go to the Admin menu icon Admin menu > Integrations to explore the new Integrations page.

Integrations page

We have added more than 50 new officially supported APIs to the Poly Lens API Portfolio. There are now almost a hundred Poly Lens APIs that are available publicly and are officially supported by Poly.

In December 2022, we opened the Lens Management & Insights API to our developer community. And now, we have taken our API portfolio to the next level by adding several highly useful APIs for:

  • Inventory Reporting & Management
  • Device & Room Insights
  • Platform Management
  • Device Control
  • Device Software

The guiding principle of the Poly Lens Management and Insights API is to provide our developer community with opportunities to innovate and create in ways that continue to build new experiences, making collaboration easier for everyone by leveraging our platforms. Whether you are an independent developer, enterprise developer, solution provider, or system integrator, you can take advantage of the intelligent insights and management capabilities offered on the Poly Lens platform to optimize your workflows, build custom applications, or extract the data from Lens in a way that works for your organization.

The new APIs not only cover several new use cases but also enable developers to dive deeper into those covered previously. Here are all the use cases covered by the officially supported Poly Lens APIs:

Use Case CategoryUse Cases
Inventory Reporting & Management- Notifications Center New icon
- Custom Devices Tags New icon
- Inventory Reporting
- Room & Site Management
- Subnet Management
Device & Room Insights- Call & Meeting Records New icon
- Device Utilization
- Room Occupancy & Utilization
Platform Management- User Management
- Tenant Management
Device Control- Device Logs New icon
- Software Updates New icon
- Reboot & Reset Device
- Call Control
- Device Registration
Device Software- Device software New icon

All the APIs are documented at the Poly Lens Developer Portal. The depth and breadth of covered use cases showcase the power of the Poly Lens Management & Insight APIs - enough to hopefully get you started with exploring these APIs on the Poly Lens API Playground. To make it easier for you to spot officially supported APIs, we have highlighted the officially supported APIs as such on the Poly Lens GraphQL Playground. See the screenshot below.

Query charts example

We'll continue to expand our portfolio of supported APIs to cover more & more use cases. In the meantime, if you have specific content requests or questions, reach out to DL-DeveloperSupport@poly.com.

Until recently, devices had to be assigned to a particular Site and Room within the Poly Lens portal. If there was no assignment, they were associated with an Unassigned Site and Unassigned Room. While this system had its merits, it also led to an unintended consequence: a proliferation of unassigned Rooms and Sites cluttering the Poly Lens portal. This not only impacted the user experience but also created complications with various policy management tools, device actions, insights and reports.

Today, we're proud to share that we have removed the mandatory requirement of devices being assigned to a Site or Room. This change has been implemented to make the Poly Lens portal more flexible and user-friendly than ever before.

Here's what you need to know about this improvement:

  • Removal of Mandatory Site and Room Assignment: The mandatory requirement of devices being assigned to a Site/Room has been entirely removed.
  • Elimination of Unassigned Rooms and Sites: All unassigned Rooms and Sites have been removed from Poly Lens, decluttering the portal.
  • Simplified Assignment: A device can now be assigned to a Room without needing to associate it with a Site. However, if the Room is already associated with a Site, the device will automatically become assigned to that Site.
  • Explicit Configuration: Devices will not be assigned to a Site/Room unless explicitly configured by an authorized Poly Lens user or as part of the device onboarding/provisioning process.
  • Poly Lens as the Source of Truth: Poly Lens Sites and Rooms will no longer be auto-created based on fields set locally on the device. When an authorized Poly Lens user assigns a Site or Room to a device in Poly Lens, this assignment will flow down to the device during the next polling cycle. Once that happens, Poly Lens will become the definitive source of truth for the assigned Site and Room for each device. Any local updates will be overwritten by Poly Lens during the next polling cycle.
  • Enhanced Device Action Feed: The Device Action Feed has been updated, removing the Unassigned Site column. Instead, it has been replaced with a Devices without Sites feature for your convenience, allowing you to easily access a simplified list of devices that are not associated to a Site, giving you the option to disregard them if needed.
  • Room Insights: For the best Room Insights experience, we recommend removing assigned Rooms from personal devices such as headsets and desk phones.

In line with our commitment to providing a seamless and integrated experience on ChromeOS, we are excited to announce the General Availability (GA) status of the Poly Lens Web App. Having initially launched as a Public Preview in March 2023, the Lens Web App represents Poly's first progressive web app for ChromeOS, Google Chrome, and Chromium browsers, including Microsoft Edge.

The Poly Lens Web App is crafted to offer you unparalleled control and settings customization over your preferred collaboration tools from Poly. This includes an array of devices such as headsets, speakerphones, and personal video conferencing systems, all accessible directly from your web browser. With the official GA release, the Poly Lens Web App supports many popular headset models, including the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC, Poly Blackwire 5200 series, and Poly EncorePro HW520. It also extends compatibility to some of the most popular personal video solutions, including the Poly Studio P5 and Studio P15.

For a comprehensive rundown of all supported devices visit: Lens Web App - Supported Devices.

Use the Poly Lens Web App today by visiting: Poly Lens Web App. Note: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge is required. Visit HP.com - Poly Lens App to learn more.

On August 24th, Poly released our new Poly VideoOS software version 4.1. This release includes several new features, as well as updates and improvements to existing features, that are designed to optimize the hybrid meeting experience by addressing common challenges that our users run into.

How Poly VideoOS 4.1 Helps

Defeat the Glass Wall

Poly VideoOS 4.1 introduces new features designed to help you overcome challenges that glass walls present when video conferencing. Beyond rooms with glass walls, these features can also be beneficial in other challenging environments that you might encounter while hybrid working.

  • Poly DirectorAI Perimeter (Preview Feature): We know that a glass wall represents a boundary, but our cameras might not. With DirectorAI Perimeter, you can provide important context to Poly VideoOS devices about what area should be included in framing decisions for your meetings. Just input the dimensions of your conference area, and only faces detected within that perimeter will be used for framing. This is also useful in conferencing “areas” that don’t have any walls, or rooms with monitors on the walls that show pictures or videos of people.

  • Sound Reflection Reduction: Glass walls might look good, but when it comes to audio conferencing—they don’t sound good. These hard surfaces create significant reverberation of sound, which comes across to the far end as echoey, hollow, and generally hard to understand. Sound Reflection Reduction removes those strange audio artifacts caused by reverb so that speech comes across as natural and clear. This reduces the need for complex, expensive microphone arrays or significant acoustic paneling.

Improved Speaker Framing Experience

Different types of video productions can deliver different types of experiences. The type of experience that is needed in the modern hybrid meeting is one that is predictable, even in uncontrolled environments, and non-distracting, so that the focus is always on the conversation.

In order to deliver this within Poly DirectorAI speaker framing mode, we’ve implemented a few updates:

  • Looser Framing: When it comes to reducing distractions during a meeting, limiting the number of reframes is crucial. One scenario where we can do this is when there are several people sitting close together. By providing a looser frame in situations like this, we eliminate the need to reframe if someone else already within the frame starts to speak, while still providing an up-close shot of each speaker.
  • Deliberate Framing Decisions: Hybrid meetings are generally considered uncontrolled environments where anything can happen; but we know from experience that there are patterns in the way people communicate. Considering those patterns, we’ve created very deliberate framing rules for most scenarios that are designed to mitigate unnecessary reframes and encourage a productive meeting.
  • Non-Distracting Transitions: There are some things we can do to reduce the number of reframes, but of course there are many situations where a reframe is necessary and contributes positively to the experience. In those cases, the transition should be quick, simple, and predictable so that meeting attendees don’t have to spend time thinking about what is occurring with the framing and can use the energy instead to focus on the communication.

Flexibility and Scalability with IP-Connectivity

We love to see more and more video-enabled rooms in the workplace, but what this means for our users is that they need solutions that are flexible, scalable and cost-effective to satisfy a large range of meeting spaces. IP-connectivity of conference cameras is a great way to provide that, and is now available for Poly Studio E70 when connected to G7500 running the Poly Video or Zoom app.

Other Updates and Improvements

  • SCEP: Support for Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol to help admins manage deployments.
  • Scheduled Auto Restart: Ability to schedule your systems to automatically restart on a weekly or daily interval can reduce the workload for IT administrators.
  • Studio X30 2nd Camera Support: Studio X30 now supports selecting USB cameras as secondary camera for Studio X30, which can be particularly beneficial for more flexible health care deployments.
  • Zoom Recertification for Studio X-Series and G7500: As part of our ongoing partnership with Zoom to provide the best experience to our users, we have recertified our products.
  • G7500 Audio Output Updates: Users can now choose a specific audio output configuration for G7500 HDMI and 3.5mm audio output, providing them with more flexibility and customization.

Touch Controller Updates

  • Microsoft Teams on Android controller support on TC10: Our newest touch controller, TC10, is now available for use with our Poly VideoOS devices in Microsoft Teams mode.
  • Platform update to Android 11: Following the Poly VideoOS platform update to Android 10 in our previous 4.0 release, our touch controllers TC8 and TC10 have been updated to Android 11 to provide users with the most modern, up-to-date Android experience.
  • Camera Control Button on Touch Controllers in Device Mode: To ensure our devices provide the best experience, however you choose to use them, we have added a camera control option to the touch controller screen when in Device Mode.

For more information and technical details regarding the Poly VideoOS 4.1 release, see the PolyOS Release Note.